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nugatory

[noo-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, nyoo-] /ˈnu gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈnyu-/
adjective
1.
of no real value; trifling; worthless.
2.
of no force or effect; ineffective; futile; vain.
3.
not valid.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin nūgātōrius worthless, useless, trifling, equivalent to nūgā(rī) to trifle + -tōrius -tory1
Synonyms
1. trivial, insignificant, frivolous. 2. useless, inoperative.
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  • It was absurd, because they ought to have seen that their conditions are entirely nugatory.
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  • Whether this, in turn, rendered official exaction nugatory remains unclear.
  • Moreover, such a reading would render the substantial factor test nugatory.
British Dictionary definitions for nugatory

nugatory

/ˈnjuːɡətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
of little value; trifling
2.
not valid: a nugatory law
Word Origin
C17: from Latin nūgātōrius, from nūgārī to jest, from nūgae trifles
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Word Origin and History for nugatory
adj.

"trifling, of no value," c.1600, from Latin nugatorius "worthless, trifling, futile," from nugator "jester, trifler, braggart," from nugatus, past participle of nugari "to trifle, jest, play the fool," from nugæ "jokes, jests, trifles," of unknown origin.

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